Former Hardin County teacher charged with attempted murder

July 24– Former Hardin County High School teacher Jason Hunt has been indicted and arrested on one count of attempt to commit first degree murder, 11 counts of reckless endangerment, and three counts of vandalism after a nine and a half month investigation.

Hunt is alleged to have attempted to kill Savannah man Hunter Harville, who was 20 years old at the time, on the night of November 9, 2014, following an altercation at The Botel restaurant.

Harville was shot in the leg near near the Bruton Branch four-way stop that evening. Hardin County Sheriff Sammy Davidson said Deputy Sheriff Billy Franks responded to an alarm at the nearby Bruton Four-Way Market around 2 a.m. on the date of the incident.

“He arrived to find that the front glass door had been shot out by what we believe to be a rifle,” the sheriff said, speaking of Franks.

Moments later, Franks was dispatched to Hardin Medical Center to check on a patient with a gunshot wound.

When he arrived, he spoke to Harville, who said he was shot through the driver’s side door of his truck around the same time the alarm was triggered. He said the bullet entered his left leg.

Harville’s five months pregnant fiancee, Emily Pendley, was in the passenger’s seat.


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